• This Weeks NY Times Christian Best Sellers

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    • TO HEAVEN AND BACK by Mary C. Neal (WaterBrook) is #1 on the paperback advice & misc. list.
    • THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES by Gary Chapman (Northfield) is #2 on the paperback advice & misc. list.
    • HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent (Thomas Nelson) is #6 on the e-Book nonfiction list; #6 on the paperback nonfiction list; #9 on the combined print and e-Book nonfiction list; and #14 on the combined print nonfiction list.
    • CRAZY LOVE by Francis Chan with Danae Yankoski (David C. Cook) is #9 on paperback advice & misc. list.
    • ONE THOUSAND GIFTS by Ann Voskamp (Zondervan) is #10 on the hardcover advice & misc. list.
    • THE HARBINGER by Jonathan Cahn (FrontLine) is #11 on the paperback trade fiction list; and #34 on the combined print fiction list.
      Click here for book review on The Harbinger 
    • LOVE DOES by Bob Goff (Thomas Nelson) is #12 on paperback advice & misc. list.
    • THE LOVE DARE by Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough (B&H Books) is #14 on the paperback advice & misc. list.
    • FEARLESS by Eric Blehm (WaterBrook) is #23 on the e-Book nonfiction list; #30 on the combined print and e-Book nonfiction list; and #31 on the hardcover nonfiction list.
    • COMING HOME by Karen Kingsbury (Zondervan) is #23 on the paperback trade fiction list.
    • THE STRUGGLE by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Barbour) is #24 on the paperback trade fiction list.
    • THE DEVIL IN PEW NUMBER SEVEN by Rebecca Nichols Alonzo with Bob DeMoss (Tyndale) is #27 on the paperback nonfiction list.
    • THE REASON FOR GOD by Timothy Keller (Riverhead) is #28 on the paperback nonfiction list.
    • THE VOW by Kim and Krickitt Carpenter with Dana Wilkerson (B&H Publishing) is #33 on the paperback nonfiction list.
    • WINNING BALANCE by Shawn Johnson with Nancy French (Tyndale Momentum) is #34 on the hardcover nonfiction list.
    • KISSES FROM KATIE by Katie Davis with Beth Clark (Howard) is #35 on the hardcover nonfiction list.
  • Love Finds you in Hope Kansas by Pamela Griffin

    Love Finds You In Hope Kansas 

    By Pamela Griffin

    When Alison Stripling receives a letter from her late sister’s husband pleading for her to come and help him with his six children, she sees it as a way out of her troubles in Boston. Upon arriving in Hope, Kansas  however, Alison is shocked to discover that it was the children who sent the letter without their father’s knowledge. The little scamps are on a campaign to find a new wife for their Pa and a new Mama for themselves.

    Rafe Monroe is appalled at his children’s behavior. He’s still deep in the grief cause by his wife’s death and the last thing he wants is another wife, especially the sister-in-law who swore she’d hate him forever for taking her sister way out west.

    Together they must convince the children that this new-Mama-scheme is a bad idea before Alison goes back to Boston. Otherwise, they’ll just find another unsuspecting woman to throw at their Pa. Problems arise when Alison develops a strong attachment to her sister’s children, as well as a disturbing attraction to her brother-in-law. Rafe, himself is struggling with feelings of guilt and betrayal as he realizes that his feelings for his wife’s sister are more than friendly.

    Could this be more God’s doing than the children’s doing? Could there possibly be a future for Alison and Rafe?

    You know there is! This is, after all a romance story.

    I loved it. Whimsical characters, six ornery, but lovable children, a lonely man and sweet woman. Sounds like the makings for a God-orchestrated family to me!

    Perhaps there is chance for love in a town called Hope.

    Review by Jan Christiansen


  • For Such a Time As This by Ginny Aiken

    For Such a Time as This by Ginny Aiken

    Releasing 8/5/12 Click here to Pre-order

    Eli Whitman, president of the Bank of Bountiful has two problems – his children Luke and Miranda - they’re out of control. Olivia Moore has a problem. She’s been praying for a way to help her family through the drought that threatens to take everything her parents have worked for.

    Eli and Olivia’s paths cross when Luke “borrows” a neighbor’s pig and chases it and several girls down Main Street. Olivia takes control of the situation perfectly. Could Olivia be the nanny that Eli needs? Could Eli be the answer to Miranda’s prayers? Perhaps God has a greater plan at work in throwing these two together.  Perhaps He has brought Olivia into the Whitman household for such a time as this.

    Inspired by the biblical story of Esther author, Ginny Aiken writes a delightful story of love, healing and God working in our lives to bring about His greater purposes.

    I loved this story! The characters were delightful from Cooky, the feisty cook and housekeeper in the Whitman home to the rambunctious Luke. Throw in the to-old-for-her-age, Miranda and Olivia Moore has her work cut out for her. The one thing she didn’t count on was the handsome, Eli Whitman.

    This is the first book I’ve read by Ginny Aiken, but you can bet it won’t be my last!

    Review by Jan Christiansen

  • J.J. Heller, Your Hands

     Does your world seem to be falling apart?  This song by J. J. Heller is gut-wretchingly honest in her attempt to see life
    as God sees it.  I love how J. J. shows us we are never out of HIS hands.
    Enjoy being in HIS presence today. . . no matter where we are in our circumstances.
    Karen Kary
  • The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine

    The Matchmakers of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine

    Miss Birdie and her friend, Mercedes, aka “the Widows,” are determined to find a bride for their Pastor and they think Gussie Milton is the perfect one.

    Pastor, Adam Jordan is a bit gun shy about marriage, but when he meets Gussie, he thinks she might fit into those plans.

    Gussie would like to be in a relationship, but a traumatic experience in her past has kept her from opening herself up to one. Instead, she has thrown herself into caring for her parents, her photography and her church.

    The Widows are not about to give up, though.

    I found this to be a pleasant read, but a bit slow moving for my taste.  Never did get really absorbed in it. A little too much small-town meddling church drama for me.

    Review by Jan Christiansen
  • Planned Parenthood files law suit against Center For Arizona Policy

    For those of you who are prayer warriors, please add CAP (Center for Arizona Policy) to your list.  We get their newsletters, and emails, and we learned that they are under attack yesterday.

    As fellow believers, we need to stand in the gap for those who are being persecuted, and that is what is happening with CAP right now.  Please take a few minutes to life this group before the throne of our Lord.


    In His Grip,


    Karen Kary

    Click here to read the statement from CAP



  • When I Don't Desire God by John Piper

    I've been in a bible study this summer with a group of ladies from my church.  We are working our way through, When I Don't Desire God How to Fight for Joy by John Piper.  I have to say at first, I was not thrilled with this book, but after several weeks of working through it and a lot of prayer, I have come to enjoy what John Piper is teaching in this book/DVD study.
    I am learning to fight for the joy in every situation, and event that God plans for my life.  It isn't easy, but it is something to fight for.
    I have found this book to be a little challenging and at times I wanted to give up because it was causing me to have to think deeper than I wanted to;  then I was challenged by a blog of a homeschool Mom that helped me.  Here is what Marcia Somerville, author Tapestry of Grace curriculum wrote;
    "I'm reading John Pipers, Gods Passion for His Glory in my quiet times these days. Recently, I read this quote of Mortimer Adler's thought in his How to Read a Book, which I though was so good for us to ponder.
    [Adler] makes a passionate case that the books that enlarge our grasp of truth and make us wiser must feel, at first, beyond us. They must make demands on you. They must seem to you to be beyond your capacity. If a book is easy and fits nicely into all your language conventions and thought forms, then you probably will not grow much from reading it. It may be entertaining, but not enlarging to your understanding. It's the hard books that count, raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds.
    Evangelical Christians, who believe God reveals Himself primarily through a book, the Bible, should long to be the most able readers they can be. This means that we should want to become clear, penetrating, accurate, fair-minded thinkers, because all good reading involves asking questions and thinking. This is one reason why the Bible teaches us, 'Do not be children in your thinking; be babes in evil, but in thinking be mature' (1 Cor 14:20RSV). It's why Paul said to Timothy, 'Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything' (2 Tim 2:7). God's gift          of understanding is through thinking, not instead of thinking. "
    When it is all said and done, we should be willing and wanting to think deeper and this book has done that for me.
    I challenge you to pick up a book today that will cause you to think and draw you closer to our amazing God.
    It will change your life and your heart forever.
    John Piper writes in his book,
     " What is this internal change that come from "beholding the glory of the Lord?
            It is the awakening of a new taste for spiritual reality centering on Christ.  It is the capacity for a new sweetness and a new enjoyment of the glory of God in the Word of God.  Therefore, nothing is more important for us in life than to "behold the glory of the Lord."
                       Let's find Joy today in all that God gives us...
    In His Grip,
        Karen Kary
  • A Sad Farewell to Next Coffee

    The End of a Season

    This week one of the Valleys wonderful independent businesses, Next Coffee Co. regretfully closed its doors after 4 years of serving the valley with local, fresh, and quality products. Over the last few years we have seen many independent businesses say farewell to this city and it is always sad to see them go. All of us here at Crossroads Books and Coffee would like to say thank you to Next Coffee for the time that they dedicated to pursuing quality and wonderful service to the Phoenix area. To the staff and owners, we will miss you and hope that you will be blessed in whatever the Lord has for you in the future.

    It is our hope that we will be able to follow in their footsteps in serving the West Valley with quality local products in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

    With thankfulness for the past and hope for the future.

    Justin Kary

  • Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

    Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge

    Captivating is a book that will keep your attention whether you are a reader or not. it examines the woman's heart and explains

    why our dreams mean so much to us. Even if it is something you have dreamt about since you were a little girl, it still has meaning!

    This book is great with walking you through the plan God has created for your life. Each one of us were designed to be captivating and

    loved. Allow this book to touch your heart and walk you through the process of being the woman God desires you to be!

    Review by Rachel Horsley

    Click here for more info on this book.

  • Come to the River by Rhett Walker Band

    Album Review by Big Mike

    Artist: Rhett Walker Band

    Album: Come to the River

    Has anyone heard of Rhett Walker? If you haven't don't worry you will! This upcoming Christian artist started a band called; you guessed it the Rhett Walker Band. I can't tell you how happy I am to see that in this day in age Christian music is, in my opinion, getting better and better and better.


    Well on July 10th of 2012 all of you get the chance to see; no wait a minute; you all get the chance to hear what God inspired poetry and God inspired musical talent sounds like! I can see 'Come to the River" the freshman album of the Rhett Walker Band playing all across this country. With a southern/country/rock/gospel sound, this album tells stories with every song that I believe everyone can relate to. There is something simply marvelous the way Rhett Walker blends his music with his words. There is such a mix of deep bass and electric string to make you jump out of whatever seat your in. And if your looking for some good old soft harmony there is plenty of it!


    If your a fan of Third Day, Need to Breathe, December Radio, Black Stone Cherry, Black Crowes, and Lynyrd Sknyrd your going to fall in love with this band! This album is going to be one of those albums that you'll remember when your making memories this summer and into the future. It just has the vibe of an instant classic!


    To check out a sneak peek of the Rhett Walker Band check out the CD X2012 and listen to their song "Make Me New"! And on July 10th 2012 come in to Crossroads and get your very own copy of Rhett Walker Band's "Come to the River"!


    Big Mikes Final Thought: Is there anyone else like me that thinks the only difference between Christian music and Secular music should just be the lyrics? Music itself is not owned by the "World" and yet it seems that way. I think it's time that the "World" is shown what we Christians can do with it! In a way I have felt that Christian music has played it safe! I believe and I know I am not alone; that music; that Christian music can sound just like the "Worlds" music and even better and have the lyrics that push it to another level. Now don't get me wrong I think Christian music has grown immensely through the years, but I don't think we have shown our best yet! I believe Christian artist can write music and lyrics that put God first and still have an audience that is 10 times larger than what it is today! We as Christians can not give up even though the "World" tells us to, we must be diligent in spreading the love of Christ in every way we can; what better way to do that than through music! My prayer is this: That Christian artists keep writing words that inspire us and give God the glory yet are not afraid to inspire us musically as well, God made music show the world what he has created in you!!!